Poor Cindy Carcamo. All she wanted to do was to run our Nike Womens Marathon last year. Check it:
“Cindy Carcamo paid $115 to enter the half-marathon portion of last year’s Nike Women’s Marathon. After months of training hard, she flew to San Francisco to run the race, only to be kicked out 40 yards short of the finish line. Her mistake? Losing her bib the morning of the race. An Orange County Register reporter, Ms. Carcamo wrote an article called, ‘My half marathon comes to a bitter end.'”
How wude! Now let’s catch the action on the Great Highway near Ocean Beach:
“A brunette in gray popped up in front of me, crashing through that daydream.
“Where’s your bib number?” she asked.
“No bib! No bib! No bib!” she yelled out to others.
In a scene worthy of a “Seinfeld” episode, I was intercepted.
I repeated my argument about the chip and the number.
Still, they wouldn’t budge and they put their hands on my shoulders.
“I’ve trained months for this race. Please let me finish,” I pleaded.
No response. Instead, they physically pushed me off the course and past the railings, casting me out like a criminal.
No official time. No finisher’s medal. No warning.”
Cindy thought her back-up mini-bib would be good enough, but no dice. Here she was during happier times, stretching in Union Square pre-race:
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Apparently, Nike doesn’t want to publicize how they fight biblesss “bandits” because that gives people the idea that it’s not really necessary to pay.
Thank goodness there’s no harsh penalty like that for the Bay to Breakers Civic Party and Fun Run, right? I mean, if a one-percenter like the Mayor doesn’t need a bib, then a nobody like you certainly shouldn’t need one either, right?
Plus your registration money would just go to a hateful billionaire in Colorado anyway.
All right, train hard.